Laura. Home Ideas. March 03rd , 2017.
Judging from the post‐modernist exterior one would expect the architect who created Unit 8 to have an equally post–modern home interior. It comes as a surprise to discover that his home is a far from the style which he loves to work on both residential also commercial projects. The Peranakan furniture and bric—a―brac which he inherited from his parents share a place in his affections with his love for the post‐modernist movement.
William's taste is an eclectic mix of Peranakan roots and contemporary style, and the two styles have been blended with an appropriate selection of colours. He has chosen black also white in the living and dining areas to match the browns in the paneling, tinged with gold and red. The choice of suitable colours has enabled him to juxtapose his classic leather furniture by Marcel Breuer with ornately carved Peranakan furniture with mother–of—pearl inlay.
Only the red cushions and seating are outstanding against the sombre colours in the furniture, ceiling, and flooring and they draw one`s attention to the beautiful brush painting on the walls. One can´t miss the huge Hsu Pei Hong brush painting of a galloping horse which is the treasure of the Lims. This painter from China is 1 of the several artists whom William and his wife Lena admire.
William initially wanted an overt dining area which looks from the living room. But after having lived in their previous home, which had this open concept, his wife preferred a little privacy for the dining area. They struck a compromise by having a semi‐barricade which allows glimpses to the living area. Ornately carved panels from old doors also screens came in useful. These were from their grandparents‘ house in Malacca and had been kept in storage for years. Lena found them rotting away and decided to use them as panels to delineate the two areas without being confining.
An elevated family area overlooks a living room. This area is decorated in a contemporary style with black carpeting and white curtains. A shelf full of carvings is the testimony to their love for traveling. Both William and Lena share a love for primitive arts and have a houseful of choice examples. Most are sadly kept in storage as there is hardly any space left to display them. “There is no preference for any one type of art”, they said.
Their collection ranges from Chinese paintings to the contemporary pottery of Iskandar Jalil and modern works. Even the 1930‘s fragments of furniture which are functional are artistry which they treasure. The other areas of the home are kept practical in a contemporary style. This is hardly surprising as both the wife also husband have a career and two grown up children to care for.
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